Hello Spring

April 17, 2015 |  by  |  SHOP NEWS  |  No Comments

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Having lived in Southern California all my life, the transition from winter to spring has always been a pretty uneventful event. The shift in temperature is not dramatic, but there are noticeable cues that Ive’ always looked forward to. Longer days, for one (thank you daylight savings time) and the flowers. Oh the flowers! I’ve got two new products in the shop today that were created with spring in mind. Both are 20% off thru the weekend. Presslisters, check the lastest newsletter for an additional 10% OFF coupon. Not yet a subscrber? Sign-up HERE.

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kristi prokopiak I hybrid artist

April 16, 2015 |  by  |  creative inspiration, hybrid projects  |  6 Comments

hello all! it’s spring! i can’t believe how much lighter i feel. this winter was r o u g h. but happy times are here again. finally.

press cards no. 31

had a really hard time with this layout. originally i was going to use a 2×2 square grid page protector because i had a lot of detail shots from the week that i liked. for some reason i can never come up with something i am happy with in that format. drives me crazy! furthermore, i had this photo from a breathwork gathering that was square and i didn’t have access to the original image to make it un-square. i don’t usually do 4×4’s so i was perplexed, but the photo was a non-negotiable b/c the negative space between all of our heads is in the shape of a heart!  to say i did the shuffle on this one is an understatement. somehow, after many permutations this is what happened. don’t ask me how. i really like it because it’s something i wouldn’t have planned this way. just one of the ways we follow our intuition to achieve goals we never would have imagined. i did some penciled journaling with watercolor in an attempt to match the paper from my sabrina ward harrison journal (the trust card). had to include a photo of my haircut because i am smiling. that never happens! i have a hard time hiding my RBF in photos. yet another reason i need to get out of this city.

pictures + words no. 18

i love this layout for two reasons. one: i finally used this page from an old veer catalogue! i have been hoarding this for at least 7 years, right? agh. feels good. two: the “on my desk” shows a tarot card spread i did for myself after some breathwork, during which i had visions of the card in the center. the empress! i love when life is synchronicitous like that. gave me the chills! the bottom left is a photo from the event (breathwork in a geodesic dome!!) that i really liked and hadn’t been able to fit in the previous week’s spread. of course i had to get a pic of the oils at my favorite store, enfleurage. i’m a little obsessed with essential oils at the moment!

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this layout was super fun because i made it interactive! the spread itself came together very quickly. love when that happens. however, when it came time to add journaling, i could NOT decide where i wanted it. i considered so many variations, but couldn’ t make up my mind. then i decided to put it up on instagram for discussion. all the different comments i got were so helpful and interesting. i ended up with a variation on emma speller’s idea, which was to use my shadow as a boundary (def did NOT think of that!). wanda faye’s suggestion was to add the date in the top left corner wasn’t gonna work because i planned to put the date on the white card, but i knew she was on to something! i decided to use these shapes i cut out that had been sitting on my floor for weeks. gluing them down was tedious but i love the end result. the whole thing was so fun, because it almost made me feel like i was at a crop with talented, inventive scrapbookers. super cool.

this month journal cards

this spread was super simple documentation of the week. did chalk signs for the restaurant i work for. started the 100 day project. got some photos of my artwork hanging up in someone’s home (so exciting!). happy hour with a friend. crystals. and of course, my dog.

if you guys have any questions about breathwork, essential oils, crystals or tarot cards, please feel free to ask. i love nerding out about that sort of stuff :)

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favorite photo editing tools

April 15, 2015 |  by  |  photography  |  6 Comments

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It’s been a while since I’ve written a post on photo processing. My workflow has changed so much (no more editing in photoshop!) and so has my taste and style. Nowadays, photos are processed either in Lightroom (when I’m on my computer) or in the PicTapGo! app (on my phone).

When editing in Lightroom, I usually just make minor adjustments (exposure and white balance) or reach for my go-to presets: Replichrome by Get Totally Rad. The black and whites presets are my absolute FAVORITE.
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For b&w conversions, Kodak Plus-x 125– and Kodak T-Max 3200 are my my go-to. I tend to go through phases, where I heavily favor certain presets. Right now I’m really digging the moody feel of the Plus-X 125–.

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For color photos, I’m trying not to do too much processing. Again, just basic adjustments of exposure and white balance.

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I usually also apply Curve #2 (slightly faded look) or Curve #3 (brightens the image).

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The neatest thing is being able to match up my Lightroom processing of DSLR photos with photos taken and edited on my phone.

The image below taken with the iphone and edited in PicTapGo (filters used: auto color, brightside, high fives). Obvious differences aside (quality of phone image vs a DSLR image), the tones and coloring are a pretty close match to the DSLR image (above)!

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I like to incorporate both DSLR and smartphone photos in my Project Life (and other memory keeping projects). Having the tools that gives me the ability to produce the same look across different platforms is a really good thing.

jamaica | bloom accordion-fold book

April 14, 2015 |  by  |  hybrid projects, mini albums  |  5 Comments

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Hi, it’s Jamaica. The first time I saw the collection of papers in Bloom, I had a vision of them rearranged from light to dark and knew I wanted to use them all together. I decided on a small, accordion-fold book with eight of the patterns from the collection. The mix of soft pinks and greys with the high-contrast black and whites would be the perfect backdrop for a collection of photobooth pictures I’ve been saving.

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I paired up my favorite patterns and printed four sets onto 4″ x 6″matte photo paper, then cut the papers that would become the front and back into individual 3″ x 4″ cards.

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Once I had them all lined up in the order I wanted, I turned them face down and used white washi tape to connect them together leaving a tiny gap between them to act as a hinge once it’s folded. The white tape blends in with the edges of the white photo paper, becoming invisible.

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After taping all the cards together, I trimmed off the excess washi tape and glued the long strip of patterned papers onto a piece of kraft wrapping paper so that the back looks finished and it gives the strip a bit more rigidity. Because it was so long, it was either wrapping paper or several smaller pieces of paper. I chose the kraft paper out of convenience but it ended up folding really nicely.

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Once the glue dried, I scored the center of the three 4″ x 6″ cards that I didn’t cut down (the three spots where the panels meet that aren’t already hinged). After scoring them using a ruler and a bone folder, I began to fold the panels in opposite directions carefully folding along the scored lines then running my bone folder along the crease to make crisp edges.

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If you’ve lined everything up carefully the panels should all fold up into a tidy 3″ x 4″ book. All that’s left is to embellish!

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I added a simple gold foil chipboard heart to the cover and photobooth pictures of me and my mom from the last few years to the inside panels. The photos are printed from scans, not the original strips, so I varied the sizes slightly to make it less cookie-cutter.

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When it’s done, it can stand unassisted on display or be folded into a tiny book. It unfolds a bit when closed so I’ll tie it up with a ribbon before gifting it to my mom on Mother’s Day.

xo, jamaica

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4×6 photo templates no. 4 + minimalist template projects

April 13, 2015 |  by  |  creative inspiration  |  No Comments

Good morning!! Kelly here and I am excited to share with you some more creative team inspiration, this time using the 4×6 photo templates no. 4 and the minimalist squared, trading card sized, and the 4.75 x 8.25 photo templates.

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Templates used:  minimalist squared

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Template used: 4×6 photo templates vol. 4

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Template used: minimalist squared

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Templates used: 4.75×8.25, trading card sized, 4×6

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Template used: 4.75×8.25

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Template used: minimalist squared

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Template used: minimalist squared

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Template used: minimalist squared

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Templates used: minimalist squared (additional products used: 3×4 photo templates, let’s go journal cards, faves journal cards)

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Template used: minimalist squared

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Template used: minimalist trading card sized

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Template used: minimalist trading card sized

Thanks so much for taking a look and have a great Monday!